Chris Woods B.C.’s Very Own Food People, 1991 and K.F.C. – F.L.G. (Fries), 1993
Oil on canvas
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Gift from the Estate of Hugh Hanson Davidson
Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts
April 2 to June 18, 2016
Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts offers a unique glimpse into the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection. In 2014, the KAG received a bequest of works of art from the private collection of Hugh Hanson Davidson (1930-2014). Davidson was a generous benefactor to the Gallery. He donated a number of works in 1998, as well as his library of books. The Gallery celebrated Davidson and his gift at a special reception in 2002, naming its library the Hugh Hanson Davidson Library. It was always Davidson’s intention to bequeath to the Gallery what remained in his collection, which he amassed over many decades.
Though his primary interest was music, and most of his working life was as an arts administrator and music programmer for various agencies, including CBC, BBC, Canadian High Commission in London, National Arts Centre and Canada Council, Davidson had an abiding interest in the visual arts. As a young man, he began to collect works that caught his eye and that he could afford. Later, especially during his years in Ottawa and Montreal, his taste reflected a greater awareness of contemporary art and a primary motivation was to support younger artists. This continued during his retirement years, when he moved first to Vancouver in 1988 and then to Victoria in 1998.
This exhibition celebrates a life in the arts. It presents work which Davidson inherited from his family and work he acquired throughout his life. Not only does this collection present an insightful survey of Canadian modern art, it also shows how this collector’s acquisitions were informed by where he lived, where he travelled and what would give him lasting delight in his home. The exhibition of approximately 100 works represents a collector’s biography, showing how the collection was formed, highlighting the dealers Davidson patronized and how his collecting activity became an expression of his support of artists and their work. A coinciding publication is available in the Gallery Store.
Curated by Roger H. Boulet
Generously sponsored by Funk Signs Inc.
Laura Hargrave Time Frame, 2016 and Speed Dial, 2016
oil pastel on foam board Photo: Cory Hope
Laura Hargrave: Memory Lines
March 19 to June 18, 2016
Through her experimental drawings, Laura Hargrave recreates the experience of memory loss. With her back to the drawing surface Hargrave renders slightly larger than life-size figures as a way of challenging the usual observation and recording the process of image creation. She draws blindly, relying only on memory for reference so that the resulting imagery takes on a mix of blind contour drawing and continuous line. Lines overlap obscuring the individual forms, yet there are moments of clarity where objects and features emerge from the confusion. These moments reflect on how our memories are sometimes vivid and detailed while others remain hazy or completely lost.
Hargrave’s process recalls how memory fades over time in that details are blurred and depictions of the figures and their actions do not quite match the reality of actual events. Figures in the drawings appear to wander the gallery as if lost or searching for something, both floating and grounding themselves across the walls of the gallery. The drawings are skewed and proportions take on a slightly altered look, playing with their relationship in space. Through this practice, Hargrave explores the loss of memory that comes with age and reflects on its effects on friends and relatives.
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator,
Kamloops Art Gallery
The World's LONGEST Drawing
April 2 to June 18, 2016
BMO Open Gallery
For two months, we took PATTY (the "mini" version of P.A.T. our Portable Art Trailer) and her long, lolling, giant’s tongue to all our public events and we visited art classes at South Kamloops Secondary, asking participants to help us create The World’s Longest Drawing!* It is now on display and we invite you to come down and revel in the details of this incredible, collaborative work.
We also encourage you to sign your name on the provided label if you contributed to the drawing.
*And, okay, we’re being facetious. It isn’t actually the world’s longest. The current record for longest drawing is 9,582.12 m! Where would we put a drawing that big? Ours is REALLY long, though.
Calendar of Events
Arbour Aboriginal Artists Collective Youth Workshops with Chris Bose
Thursday, June 2
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Arbour Collective provides opportunities for youth and adults to create art, learn new creative methods and exhibit or perform in the Kamloops area. Collective members work in KAG studios on select Thursdays and youth and adults of all nationalities are invited to drop in to participate. Visit Studio Programs for more details.
First Saturdays Guided Tours
Saturday, June 4
All ages, FREE with admission or your KAG membership
Join us for a tour of Hugh Hanson Davidson: A Life in the Arts. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the exhibitions and gain more insight into the artists' perspectives and intents.
Join us at Red Collar Brewing Co. to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local beer. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.
Join P.A.T. the Portable Art Trailer at Barnacle Records on select Fridays to listen to records and make prints, drawings and zines. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary.
Drink & Draw at Denny's
Tuesday, June 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Denny's, 570 Columbia Street
All ages, FREE
We’re delighted to announce a third Drink & Draw location: Denny’s at 6th & Columbia. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and feast on Denny’s delicious treats. Kids eat free! No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.
Summer Art Camp
Monday to Friday, July 4 to August 19
Join us for a fun-filled, creative summer inspired by the exhibition Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. Led by our talented art instructors, campers will explore outer space and invent rocket ships; assemble found object sculptures and make their own plarn (yarn made from plastic bags); deconstruct art history and discover colour theory. Each day includes an interactive tour and activity in our exhibition spaces, developing the ability of young artists to articulate their ideas about what they’re looking at.
As with all of our studio programs, KAG art camps prioritize the creative process over the outcome. We encourage young artists to experiment, test new techniques and develop their skills through self-expression. One morning a week, campers will go on a field trip to the Kamloops Library (with whom we share a building) to participate in their Summer Reading Club and read stories that explore themes relevant to the exhibition.
At the end of the summer, we celebrate the accomplishments of the talented young artists who participated in our summer art camp with an exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery. We hope you will join us at the reception on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 am.
We visit current exhibitions daily.
Our instructors are practicing artists with Visual Arts education.
Students will have a work displayed on the BMO Open Gallery.
Guest artists visit our camps.
We teach technical fine art skills.
Camp is tons of fun!
Extended care available 8:30 to 9:00 am and 3:00 to 3:30 pm at a nominal cost.
We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery this summer!
The Gallery Store
Great Gifts for Dad!
We’ve got the Perfect Portable Party System at the Gallery Store. You can take the good times anywhere with a stylish, handmade beer or wine crate from Kamloops’ own Mortimer & Harriet. Glasses made from upcycled beer bottles by Artech Studios (Tory Hill, ON) have classic games printed right on the side. Dry-erase marker included!
We encourage you to watch for the launch of the Kamloops Art Gallery Community Survey later this month.
Your opinions are important to us, and we appreciate your time in completing a brief survey. By participating, you will help us to better understand the interests of our community and inform our planning around future initiatives.
Participation is voluntary and is open to anyone who is at least 16 years of age.
As an e-newsletter subscriber, a copy of the survey will be sent to you directly, and we encourage you to share it with your friends and family. The more input we receive the more successful we will be.
We Appreciate our Members
If you haven't already, consider joining us today.
Member benefits include FREE admission to the exhibitions, a discount on event tickets and programs, as well as a discount on Art Camps and in the Gallery Store.
Our members are vitally important in supporting our exhibitions and programs, and this support is greatly appreciated.
Memberships are available online and by calling the Gallery at 250-377-2400.